Child Participation

Children have the right to participate in matters affecting their lives and should be enabled to give their opinions, and to have those opinions taken into account. Through participation, children learn self-expression, empowerment and ultimately greater self-esteem.  Children are a diverse group and therefore children of different ages, abilities, backgrounds, races, and both genders should ideally be included in a consultation process.

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The purpose of this background document is to synthesize and present evidence shared in the submissions received by the Committee through the public consultation process of the

Save the Children,

The Nine Basic Requirements for Meaningful and Ethical Child Participation is a key tool for ensuring quality child participation in any initiative with children.

Marcela Rueda Gomez - Elevate Children Funders Group,

This report maps current practice in philanthropic support for child- and youth-led work at the community level and offers strategic advice to donors on how to strengthen their funding modalities to achieve greater impact.

Lisa Stafford, Jo-anne Harkin, Annie Rolfe, Judith Burton, Christine Morley - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This article presents children’s own meanings and experiences of having a voice, derived from a research collaboration between UnitingCare and Queensland University of Technology.

Asgeir Falch‐Eriksen, Karmen Toros, Ingrid Sindi, Rafaela Lehtme - Child & Family Social Work,

This paper examines the academic discourse in child protection research concerning how Article 12 of the CRC is implemented and how it is manifested in child protection service (CPS) casework practices.

Karmen Toros - Research on Social Work Practice,

This article explores child welfare workers’ experiences of children’s participation in decision making in the child protection system.

Kate Butler, Ph.D, Vanessa Currie, MA, Katie Reid, MA and Laura Wright, Ph.D. - International Institute for Child Rights and Development,

This child and youth friendly summary accompanies the report "Make Our Voices Count: Children and Young People's Responses to a Global Survey for the 2021 Day of General Discussion on Children's Rights and Alternative Care".

Kate Butler, Ph.D, Vanessa Currie, MA, Katie Reid, MA and Laura Wright, Ph.D. - International Institute for Child Rights and Development ,

Respuestas de niñas, niños, adolescentes y jóvenes a una encuesta mundial para el Día de Debate General 2021 sobre los Derechos del Niño
y el Cuidado Alternativo

Kate Butler, Ph.D, Vanessa Currie, MA, Katie Reid, MA and Laura Wright, Ph.D. - International Institute for Child Rights and Development,

Ce résumé adapté aux enfants et aux jeunes accompagne le rapport "

Kate Butler, Ph.D, Vanessa Currie, MA, Katie Reid, MA and Laura Wright, Ph.D. - International Institute for Child Rights and Development ,

This report was commissioned by a group of civil society organizations (CSOs) in an effort to get a broad sense of what children and young people themselves think about their experiences in alternative care.